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    Wednesday
    Aug142019

    Review: 2019 Lexus ES 300h

    Review: 2019 Lexus ES 300h

    The 2019 Lexus ES 300h delivers an energetic and efficient powertrain, a first-class cabin with comfortable seating for both rows of passengers, and advanced entertainment and safety technology. Eco-conscious drivers in the San Jose area should visit Lexus Stevens Creek to learn more about this elegant midsize hybrid sedan.

    Performance

    The ES 300h employs a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder direct- and port fuel-injected engine mated to a continuously variable transmission teamed with two electric motors. This front-wheel-drive hybrid sedan generates 215 total system horsepower, earns an estimated 44 mpg combined, and has a driving range of 581 miles while exploring the beautiful state of California. The use of a regenerative braking system helps recharge the battery pack. Drive Mode Select is standard and allows you to customize your drive with Normal, Sport, and ECO modes, as well as EV mode for battery-only power.

    New Features

    Completely redesigned for 2019, this five-passenger hybrid luxury sedan offers more rear-seat room than the previous model, resulting in class-leading legroom. In addition, Lexus incorporated its new Hybrid-Acoustics sound-dampening technology to create one of the quietest cabins in the class. Another revision includes moving the 1.6-kWh nickel-metal hydride battery pack from the trunk to under the seat, providing the same amount of trunk space as the non-hybrid ES 300.

    Technology and Convenience

    The standard Lexus multimedia system works with an 8.0-inch color infotainment display, Siri® Eyes Free, Apple CarPlay® and Amazon Alexa integration, Bluetooth® with voice command, SiriusXM® satellite radio, HD Radio™, Scout® GPS Link for real-time traffic, and a ten-speaker Pioneer audio sound system. Additionally, a Wi-Fi hotspot, SmartAccess keyfob, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect roadside assistance, Service Connect vehicle information, Remote access, and Destination Assist are included. Optional features consist of a 12.3-inch color high-resolution split-screen multimedia display, a dynamic navigation system with 3D city views, a wireless charger, and a seventeen-speaker, 1,800-watt Mark Levinson® PurePlay premium surround sound system.

    Pricing

    Starting at $41,560 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Jul242019

    Review: 2019 Lexus IS

    Review: 2019 Lexus IS

    A ground-hugging, turbocharged, luxury sport sedan is just part of what defines the new Lexus IS. The 2019 IS provides an elegant, well-isolated cabin for five passengers to ensure comfort on short commutes or longer journeys. Lexus Stevens Creek in San Jose has the 2019 Lexus IS in inventory, so visit us today.

    Performance

    The base powertrain of the Lexus IS 300 consists of a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder coupled with an eight-speed automatic transmission and a rear-wheel drivetrain which produces 241-hp and earns an estimated 30 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg in the city. If you are looking for an all-wheel drivetrain, you can opt for the 260-hp 3.5-liter V6 mated to a six-speed auto. The Lexus IS 350 comes with a 311-hp 3.5-liter V6 with the option for either an eight-speed auto and rear-wheel drive, or a six-speed auto and all-wheel drive. An optional F Sport package can be combined with any engine and includes a sport-tuned suspension and larger 18-inch alloy wheels for improved handling.

    Comfort and Convenience

    The seats offer a high-level of comfort with the standard NuLuxe® interior trim, 10-way power adjustable driver's- and 8-way power front passenger seats, three extra inches of legroom for the rear passengers compared to the previous model, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, an illuminated entry system, and a power moonroof. Optional features include heated and ventilated front seats, Remote Touch to easily move through the menus, a power rear sunshade, and auto-dimming outside mirrors.

    Technology

    A 7.0-inch infotainment display with a ten-speaker sound system, SiriusXM® satellite radio, HD Radio™, Scout® GPS Link for real-time traffic information and driving directions, two USB ports, Homelink®, Enform Service Connect for remote access to your car’s fuel level and maintenance needs, and Enform Remote to unlock your doors and start your engine remotely, are standard. A larger 10.3-inch high-resolution split-screen display, fifteen-speaker Mark Levinson® premium surround sound system, Siri® Eyes Free, navigation with voice command, 24-hour access to a live response center through Enform Destination Assist, and Enform App Suite are available.

    Pricing

    Starting at $38,560 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Jul172019

    Sneak Peek: 2020 Lexus LC Convertible

    Sneak Peek: 2020 Lexus LC Convertible

    The Lexus LC Convertible Concept was revealed at the Detroit Auto Show in January. Lexus has not yet given a commitment, but they hinted that they would like to see this concept go into production. Lexus Stevens Creek in San Jose will gladly open its arms to this eye-catching LC Convertible.

    Design

    Can you imagine the stunning Lexus LC 500 coupe transformed into a convertible? If our wish comes true, Lexus will put this concept into production by the end of 2019. If and when this goes into production, Lexus predicts that half of the LC buyers will opt for the convertible version. The LC 500 coupe would be redesigned into an open-air roadster with a vaguely taller and flatter rear deck to handle the droptop. The body will be designed with beautiful contours and a wide stance, featuring 22-inch wheels, and exclusive white leather-trimmed seats with gold accent stitching.

    Performance

    The expectation for the LC Convertible would be the use of the same 5.0-liter V8 engine coupled with a ten-speed automatic transmission which powers the LC 500 coupe. This powertrain churns out 471-hp and 398 lb-ft of torque which can get you 0 – 60 mph in a mere 4.4 seconds. This speed could be slowed down a bit with a drop top, so the expectation is most likely 0 – 60 mph in 4.7 seconds with a top track speed of 168 mph. There is no commitment as to whether or not this fabulous convertible will also be available in a hybrid version. If Lexus takes the step to offer the hybrid derivative, it will be the only gas-electric convertible model on the market.

    Pricing

    The 2019 LC Coupe has a starting MSRP of $92,300, and the expectation would be that the convertible will demand several thousands more. So, expect a starting price of around $100,000 MSRP.

    Wednesday
    Jul102019

    Comparison: 2019 Lexus UX vs 2019 Volvo XC40

    Comparison: 2019 Lexus UX vs 2019 Volvo XC40

    Northern California drivers enjoy traveling in a new luxury compact SUV. The below comparison of the 2019 Lexus UX against the 2019 Volvo XC40 will aid in discovering which five-passenger sport utility best fits your lifestyle. Come experience the stylish and lively Lexus UX and the Lexus Stevens Creek difference.

    Performance

    2019 Lexus UX

    The all-new Lexus UX gets its power from a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine coupled with a ten-speed smooth shifting continuously variable transmission and a front-wheel drivetrain. The engine produces 169-hp, has a top track speed of 188 mph, and earns an extremely competitive estimated 37 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg in the city. Drive Mode Select includes Sport, Normal, and Eco modes to customize your drive for a more dynamic or fuel-efficient execution. The available F Sport package adds a sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch wheels, and exclusive sport seats to embrace you during your high-performance turns.

    2019 Volvo XC40

    The 2019 XC40 is equipped with 187-hp T4 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder turbocharged engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission or an optional 248-hp T5 turbo-four powertrain. The estimated fuel economy with the base engine is 36 mpg of highway and 25 mpg of city driving and comes standard with a start/stop system. Drive mode settings consist of Individual, Comfort, Eco, and Dynamic. Optional features include a sport chassis for more agile handling, an adjustable suspension, as well as 19-inch wheels.

    Technology

    2019 Lexus UX

    New technology plays a key role in this first-ever Lexus compact crossover. A 7.0-inch multimedia color display with Remote Touch pad, Apple CarPlay® and Amazon Alexa compatibility, a six-speaker sound system, SiriusXM® satellite radio, HD Radio™, four USB ports, Wi-Fi hotspot, and a SmartAccess key fob come standard. Additionally, Enform App Suite, Enform Service Connect for remote status and maintenance needs, and Enform Remote to start your engine and lock or unlock your car doors remotely are standard features. A high-resolution 10.3-inch split-screen display with voice command, navigation, a wireless charger, an eight-speaker surround sound audio system, a head-up display, and access to an agent to help locate your points of interest through Enform Destination Assist are available.

    2019 Volvo XC40

    Standard technology features consist of a 9.0-inch Sensus infotainment touchscreen, Bluetooth®, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration, an eight-speaker sound system, SiriusXM® satellite radio, two USB ports, Volvo On Call to remotely lock or unlock your doors and start your engine, and a digital key for temporary usage. Navigation, wireless charging, and a thirteen-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system are optional.

    Safety

    2019 Lexus UX

    The 2019 Lexus UX received a 5-Star Overall Safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and earned a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A new low-light pedestrian and bicyclist detection, road sign information, lane tracking assist, lane departure alert with steering assist, vehicle stability control, smart stop technology, a rearview camera, and an advanced ten-airbag system come standard. Optional safety features include a blind spot monitor, rear cross-traffic braking, triple-beam headlights, intuitive parking assist with auto-braking, and an adaptive front lighting system.

    2019 Volvo XC40

    The 2019 Volvo XC40 earned a Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS and includes standard safety features such as oncoming lane mitigation, lane keeping aid, road sign information, hill start assist, hill descent control, run-off-road mitigation, City Safety pedestrian and bicyclist detection, and a rearview camera. Pilot Assist semi-autonomous drive technology, blind spot monitoring, and a 360-degree surround view camera are available.

    Pricing

    2019 Lexus UX

    Starting at $32,150 MSRP

    2019 Volvo XC40

    Starting at $33,700 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Jun192019

    Review: 2019 Lexus LS 500h

    Review: 2019 Lexus LS 500h

    The 2019 Lexus LS 500h, the first multistage hybrid luxury sedan, delivers one of the most poised and engaging driving experiences around. You and four friends will be embraced by plush and spacious seating and surrounded by a sophisticated cabin. Visit Lexus Stevens Creek in the Santa Clara area for a first-class encounter.

    Performance

    A 354-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine with dual electric motors and a self-charging lightweight lithium-ion battery power the LS 500h. A multistage electronically controlled continuously variable transmission is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission and paddle shifters. The standard rear-wheel drivetrain accomplishes 0 – 60 mph in 5.1 seconds with a top track speed of 136 mph and earns an estimated 33 mpg highway and 25 mpg city. Drive modes consist of Normal, Sport, ECO, EV, and Manual. Optional features include all-wheel drive, a Torsen® limited-slip center differential, and an adaptive variable air suspension.

    Comfort and Convenience

    Leather seating with heated and ventilated front seats, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, power rear sunshade, moonroof, dual-zone climate control, voice command, Apple CarPlay®, navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a hands-free power trunk are standard features. Semi-aniline leather seats, 28-way and 22-way power-adjustable front and rear seats respectively, butterfly power-retractable front headrests, power-reclining rear seats with butterfly headrests, massage settings in both the front and rear seats, an extendable right-rear ottoman, and the Lexus Climate Concierge four-zone climate control are available.

    Safety

    The Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 brings safety to the forefront with standard lane departure alert with steering assist, intelligent high beams, traffic sign recognition, lane tracing assist, pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, all-speed dynamic radar cruise control, and automatic emergency braking. An advanced 10-airbag system, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic braking, intuitive parking assist with auto braking, and smart stop technology are also standard. Available safety features include a 24-inch full-color head-up display and a panoramic view monitor utilizing four high-resolution cameras.

    Pricing

    Starting at $79,960 MSRP